Volkswagen Ameo Features, Performance & Test Drive

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Volkswagen Ameo Overview

Built on the same platform as the premium hatchback counterpart, the sub-four-metre sedan segment is unique to the Indian market. Thanks to the regulations that effectively incentivise cars in this (small car) segment, now popularly called CS or compact sedans, there are number of these cars fighting for a share of the pie. Many manufacturers have reluctantly joined this race begrudging the engineering inputs that are needed to create a vehicle which has no position in their global portfolio. But, they did join the race because the market for these cars has been growing.Check for car loans in Fincarz.

Volkswagen was a late entrant into this CS segment, what with the development of the Ameo, built on the Polo, taking a ridiculously long four years to go into production. When the Ameo finally made it to showrooms it was already short on ammunition because it was launched with only one powertrain option – a petrol engine and a manual transmission. The CS segment is dominated by diesel-engined competitors, and buyer preference is still predominantly diesel.

So, when VW officially announced the Ameo TDI diesel earlier this month, it was good news for the brand and the buyers. And thankfully, this one gets VW’s famous 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox too, in addition to the 5-speed manual option. Last week we got behind the wheel of the Ameo TDI in Mumbai to assess this new offering from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Ameo Design

The Volkswagen Ameo sports a front grille like the Volkswagen Vento, it adorns 3 chrome slats and the air intake at the lower bumper sports sharp slats. The headlamp clusters are also sharp shaped, while the fog lamps at both sides of the lower bumper are also similar. The front bumper protruding from under the camouflaging cover suggests that it would come beefy looking. We hope the Ameo would get some chrome garnishing at the front profile as a styling touch.

The side profile was relatively clearly visible than the front and rear profile. There are not much of character lines visible, while the Vento sports several sharp and deep character lines running through the body. There is a subtle crease running parallel with the greenhouse area, while at the lower part another subtle crease is visible. The pillars are body coloured, while the roof line blends perfectly at the rear. A rooftop antenna is also visible.

Being a sub compact sedan this car clearly sports a small tail section. Volkswagen has just released an image of the tail lamp with the badge visible. The tail lamp looks sharp and the cuts and creases can also be seen surrounding it, which look pretty sharp.

Volkswagen claims the design language of Ameo portrays general bursts of emotion, while the dynamic design was conceptualized to impress everyone. They expect this car will be a game changer in the highly competitive Indian market. The car looks like VW Polo from front and VW Vento from rear, although the side profile tells the tale. The boot seems to come with a short length. The car is built on PQ24 platform of the Polo and Vento.

Volkswagen Ameo Cabin

Coming to interiors, the Ameo is ditto to Polo hatchback and it’s not a bad approach at all. From clocks to flat-bottomed steering and the touchscreen infotainment, all are familiar. The sense-good feel is evident as the car appears to be expensive from the inside. The quality of material is way above every other car in the segment and the touch & feel and fit-finish levels are also nice, thanks to the pearl black and desert beige colour scheme used on the fabric. What’s really interesting is the arm rest with under storage space created for the driver. However, Ameo doesn’t come with rear arm rest, but the carmaker has compensated that feel-good factor with the rear ac vents.

Talking about the seating and space, for a car measuring less than 4-meter, creating maximum interior space is a challenge for every carmaker. Volkswagen too has done its bit to ensure maximum comfort inside. The front seats offer good support while the back of the front seats has been scooped out in order to give more knee room. And while you won’t get leather upholstery like in other rivals, the fabric seems to have been lifted from the segment above cars. The legroom and the knee room at the rear is decent for a car of this stature.

In terms of equipment, Ameo gets automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, auto-dimming IRVM, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and power one-touch up/down facility on all the four windows. The center console houses a touchscreen infotainment system that not only care of your entertainment aspect with USB, Aux-In, SD-card and Bluetooth connectivity, but also relays feed from the rear parking camera. However, the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would have been the icing on the cake. Other comfort aspects include height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable ORVM and multi-functional display that provides info such as distance traveled, traveling time, average speed, digital speed display and fuel economy.

Volkswagen Ameo Gearbox

The new Ameo TDI is offered with the same 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine as is the Polo and Vento. Only difference is in the larger turbocharger which has enabled the engine to deliver a tuned-up 81kW or about 110PS of peak power and a peak torque of 250Nm – that is quite impressive for a small car that weighs just over 1,150kgs. With the idling engine rpm level being about 800rpm and the redline starting at about 5,200rpm, the delivery of power and torque is perfectly tuned within the mid-range for power, and low-rpm range for torque. Peak torque kicks in as early as 1,500rpm and turbo-lag is quite minimal. The result is an eager performer for a car in the CS segment. The Ameo’s gear ratios have been spaced just right and from when you slip into first gear, there is enough room to work the gearbox through either a passive city driving cycle or an aggressive mix of cruising and over-taking on the highway. For more info on Volkswagen Ameo  visit Tec

While idling and when you are outside the Ameo, this four-cylinder still has the trademark diesel clatter, but step into the cabin and the good insulation package manages to cut out a lot of the noise. You can still hear the engine at cold start and at high revs. The manual gearbox is a clean shifting 5-speeder and can easily be your choice especially with so much low-end torque available to exploit. The 7-speed, dual clutch DSG automatic is another USP altogether in the Ameo. With so many buyers now preferring automatics, it is a good call to go with the DSG. But then this is not just another auto transmission, this is VW’s popular dual clutch gearbox. Shifts are quick and the gearbox is equally adept at offering shifts for economical, slow-paced driving as it is for aggressive, dynamic driving. You don’t get steering mounted paddles, though manual gear selection with the stick is possible. There is a sports mode too.

As both the engines are inherited from Polo hatch, they are excellent on fuel efficiency. The 3-cylinder petrol engine is able to make ARAI certified mileage of 19.44kmpl. On the contrary, the diesel one reads 21.73kmpl in automatic and 22kmpl in the manual version which is fantastic from a VW car.

Volkswagen Ameo Driving

The Ameo TDI’s ride quality is very similar to the petrol version and the Polo’s. The car remains planted and settled even at high speeds. This is the compact sedan you’ll feel confident in while doing over 160kmph. The Ameo does feel like it crashes into pot holes, we faced quite a few on Mumbai’s roads it being the post-monsoon season, but the car still stays the line.  For price details on Volkswagen Ameo check AutoZhop

Volkswagen Ameo Safety

The car incorporates disc brakes at front and drums at the rear, just like other vehicles in the class. The brakes have a strong bite and don’t feel trouble at stopping from high speeds. For more braking strength, the carmaker has provided ABS as standard fitment in the car.In terms of safety, the standard features also include dual front airbags, height adjustable head restraints, and rear fog lamps. Move on to the top variants and you will get electronic stabilization programme (ESP) on diesel trims, rear defogger, static cornering lights, hill hold control, rear parking camera with sensors and auto-dimming IRVM.

Volkswagen Ameo Cost in Chennai

Volkswagen Ameo On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,60,252 to 11,63,211 for variants Ameo Anniversary Edition Diesel and Ameo 1.5 L TDI Diesel Highline Plus AT respectively. Volkswagen Ameo is available in 14 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Ameo variants price in Chennai. Check for Ameo price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Volkswagen Ameo Verdict

Volkswagen is already a very popular brand in India. Volkswagen cars are known for offering great comfort, safety, features. This car will surely give several other car makers run for money. Ameo would be priced a bit higher than several other cars, but it would be popular than many other cars in the segment.

Volkswagen Ameo is offered in four variants: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. As far as the pricing is concerned, Volkswagen Ameo’s base trim Trendline gets the price tag of Rs. 5.62 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.65 lakh for the diesel variant. Its mid-range trim Comfortline gets the price tag of Rs. 6.16 lakh and Rs. 7.59 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. The top-selling trim 1.0L MPI Highline is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.15 lakh while the range-topping Highline Plus variant is tagged at Rs. 7.58 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 8.71 lakh for the diesel trim, ex-showroom, New Delhi.

Volkswagen Vento Features, Performance & Driving Dynamics

Volkswagen Vento Overview

There’s a sense of reassurance when you drive a Volkswagen Vento — the build quality and the way it rides — very few can actually boast of the same in its segment. Volkswagen’s simple but attractive design and tank like build has helped it become one of the largest car makers around the world. But most Indian car buyers prefer a dash of bling and the German’s understated design is one of the reasons it hasn’t been able to garner a larger share of the market in our country yet. So, in comes the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift with a little bit more chrome, character and features making the sedan an even more compelling buy. Book a test drive for Volkswagen Vento in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Volkswagen Vento Design

Vento has always been a smart sedan, which owns a design that is both elegant and stylish. The 2016 version does not receive any changes to its outsides. However, it carries some attractive elements that make it a head turner on roads.In terms of dimensions, its rival Maruti Ciaz is 100mm longer and 31mm wider than Volkswagen Vento. As for the height, all its competitors are ahead of Vento. Even the ground clearance and wheelbase measurements are less than all other models.On the front, the first thing to catch your attention is definitely the wide radiator grille featuring three horizontally positioned slats. What highlights it further is the attractive logo, which sits exactly at the center of the grille. The neat chrome finishing to thin slats as well as insignia makes it look more striking.

The black finished halogen headlamps on either side of the grille is another element thats worth mentioning. Being large in size, its headlight cluster fits well with the design of its grille. In the mid and top spec trims, dual beam headlamps are also on the offer.Made of a heat insulating glass, its windscreen now gets rain sensing wipers thus, making the view more clear ahead. Talking about the bonnet, it slopes downward, while the minimal creases which gives it an appealing look.Nothing much to describe in its side profile except for the 15-inch Zirkonia alloy wheels that come adorned with high performance tubeless tyres of size 185/60 R145. Tubeless tyres of same size are used for the Comfortline grade as well. While the rest of the lineup gets robust steel rims, which are sized 14 inches in the Trendline trims. These radial tubeless tyres bear the size 175/70 R14.

Well designed outside rear view mirrors are also on the list, which gets neat body color. Side turn indicators are given as standard in all the variants.This sedan does look plain and lacks some style in its rear end however, a few aspects make it somewhat interesting to look at.The taillight cluster is quite bright and comes integrated with 3D effect lamps along with turn indicators.The bumper in its rear end is neatly carved, while the boot lid is embossed with company’s insignia and gives a good impression to the on-lookers.Coming to its boot compartment, it measures around 494 liters, which is indeed enough for placing a number of bags. However, Honda and Maruti are comparatively better in this point as, they are offering more luggage storage space than Vento.

Volkswagen Vento Cabin

The design of its internal section is left untouched in this facelift, however, some advanced equipments can be seen inside, adding to its features list. The cabin is neat good quality plastic materials and has space for five people who can feel convenient with ample head, leg as well as shoulder room.Inside the car, you can actually see the excellent work of the company’s designers who have combined the dual tone colour scheme and chrome elements to give it an elegant look. Especially, if you take a look at the dashboard, it looks so well designed and even the equipments are properly positioned thus, making it more convenient for the driver to control different functions with much ease.

A stylish centre console sits at the centre of the dashboard carrying aspects like the climatronic automatic air conditioning unit with rectangular shaped air vents, which are placed just above the music system. Dust, pollen filter and rear AC vent is also available.Undoubtedly, one of the important updates it has received is the dynamic infotainment display. This advanced unit is offered with a touchscreen display and also includes radio, navigation system and a few other functions. Meanwhile, the mirror link connectivity is definitely an add-on that lets you connect your phone to the car and access different functions effortlessly.

A power assisted steering column is on offer with tilt and telescopic adjustment functions that aid the driver in adjusting its position accordingly. Exactly behind it is a stylish instrument cluster that also holds a tachometer, tripmeter, as well as speedometer. For Volkswagen Vento  check cidoc2015.in

Volkswagen Vento Performance

The Vento now also features the new 1.5-litre common rail turbo-diesel that we’ve also seen in the Polo and the new Skoda Rapid. The Vento receives the higher state of tune as in the GT TDI and the Rapid and so, makes 105PS of power at 4,400rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1,500-2,500rpm. It’s a refined mill that pulls cleanly from low down in the rev range and makes for quick progress on the open road. While it’s not the most powerful engine in this segment, the drop in displacement has not short changed the car.

The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. And now both this and the Rapid are the only diesel automatic transmissions in the segment. The 7-speed automatic is the same transmission from the Polo GT TSI . It’s a very smooth quick shifting gearbox and it features three driving modes – a regular D mode, S for Sport and a manual Tip tonic mode. In drive the shifts are quick and seamless allowing for smooth progress in regular conditions at part throttle but kick-down is a little slow when you prod on the pedal. In Sport mode the transmission holds gear at part throttle and will shift at redline when accelerating through the gears. The manual mode allows you to chose shift points and also holds a gear only shifting at redline or to prevent the engine from stalling. The Vento getting a dual clutch system and not a torque converter means that you should see great efficiency and in our tests, the Vento returned a respectable 21.4kmpl and 13.6kmpl in our highway and city runs. In our performance runs the automatic is just quicker than the old diesel car at 11.49s but we feel that this narrow margin is down to the automatic not allowing you to launch the car with high revs. With a manual transmission it could be faster still.

Volkswagen Vento Driving

The Volkswagen has always been a well sprung sedan. The ride quality is definitely one of the biggest virtues the 2015 Volkswagen Vento has inherited from its forbearer. With McPherson Strut in front the semi-independent trailing arm suspension is tuned on the firmer side, while the high profile 15-inch tyres makes the Vento marches over bad roads and practically glides over the tarmac.Thanks to this setup and a precise and communicative steering, the 2015 Vento facelift has an absolute fun to drive dynamics. While negotiating turns it’s never fidgety, never loses it poise and is never unpredictable. This really boosts the driver’s confidence, making the Vento an obvious pick among its rivals.

Volkswagen Vento Safety

Safety elements are up to the mark in this upgraded Vento. In the entry level models, you will find aspects like dual front airbags, three point seat belts that are height adjustable at front, and electronic engine immobilizer with floating code. The rear parking sensors does the job of alerting the driver about any obstacle through audible signals, while the front and rear adjustable head restraints offers support and protection to your neck. Whereas the mid and top spec variants additionally gets hill hold control, and power windows with pinch guard function on all doors. Besides these, the advanced attributes like anti lock braking system as well as electronic stabilization program takes the security standards to next level.

Volkswagen Vento Price in Chennai

Volkswagen Vento On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 9,40,542 to 16,75,649 for variants Vento 1.6 Trendline Petrol and Vento DSG Highline Plus Sport Diesel respectively. Volkswagen Vento is available in 21 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Vento variants price in Chennai.Check for Vento price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Volkswagen Vento Verdict

Over the years the Vento has established itself as a family sedan that boasts of German build quality with comfortable seating and excellent driving dynamics. Now the 2015 Volkswagen Vento facelift offers a little bit more chrome, character and features making it an even more compelling buy.Volkswagen has made some smart changes to the Vento, freshening up what’s not broken (good looks) and adding new flavour under the hood as well in the form of a new diesel engine. At Rs 9.35 and Rs 10.49 lakh for the dual clutch automatic transmission in the petrol and diesel versions, respectively, you are getting some of the best automatic technology at a very competitive price. And this might just be the push the Vento needs to pick up its slacking sales and take the fight to the competition.